Hyannis Art Shanties

Last week (8/21-27) at the Art Shanties in Hyannis was super fun! I’m so grateful to my friend and fellow painter Ann Fishkind DesRoches for accepting my invitation to share the space and taking the day shift while I wrangled software projects. We encountered fog, a bit of rain, a water main break that temporarily made it a ghost town and more often than not glorious sunny days.  Several paintings found new homes, some of them going as far as Germany!

I talked to so many lovely people over the course of the week. I even got an art lesson from a gentleman! Hoping to do it again next year.


ALRI Curatorial Mentorship Program

Over the last two months I’ve had the honor and pleasure to participate in ALRI’s curatorial mentorship program.

ALRI curatorial mentees helping install the signage for the Beyond Choreography exhibition.
ALRI curatorial mentees helping install the signage for the Beyond Choreography exhibition.

Art League Rhode Island (ALRI) has paired a select group of artists with professional curators to teach the fundamental skills necessary to curate galleries and exhibitions. Through this program I’ve met some truly wonderful curators:

  • the ALRI exhibition committee: Chris Chabot, Ken Steinkamp, Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, Paulette Miller
  • Judith Tolnick Champa, Amy Leidtke, Kristin Street discussed the role of the curator
  • Marjorie Hellman visited with us in the VETS gallery and shared her perspective on selection
  • Attleboro Arts Museum director Mim Fawcett shared her approach to exhibitions
  • RISD Museum’s Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art Dominic Molon gave us a glimpse into the thought, planning and work involved in putting together a museum exhibition
  • University of Rhode Island’s gallery director Bob Dilworth discussed the juror’s perspective in the context of the current ALRI Beyond Choreography exhibition

I’m looking forward to the final meeting where the mentees will present their own curatorial proposals and collectively create ALRI’s 10-Point Guide to Curating. It’s been a wonderful journey and I’m indebted to ALRI for this opportunity.

Chronicle features Sandwich!

The May 12th edition of Chronicle (WCVB Ch 5 – Boston – The Insider’s Guide to New England) featured several businesses in Sandwich including Momo’s. So great to see the interview with Neila, and a nice surprise to see my work end up in the video. Momo’s section starts at minute 4:11. Watch the whole video though–lots of great things to do in Sandwich, including the Wyeth exhibit that is opening soon at Heritage Gardens.

Play the video:  http://www.wcvb.com/chronicle/cape-cod-welcomes-spring/32951968

Chronicle segment featuring my work in Momo's
Chronicle segment featuring my work in Momo’s


RI Public Art Exhibit

I’m so pleased to be exhibiting my paintings at the Rhode Island Home and Hospice Care center in Providence. It’s a beautiful facility that fills a critical need. I hope my paintings can offer a momentary, calming distraction for anyone who passes through the halls.

Rhode Island is very supportive of their artists. In addition to making all art sales tax-free, this tiny state also has some pretty substantial public art legislation:

Public Art Legislation
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts administers the state's 1% for Public Art Program. The legislative intent of the Percent for Art program, according to public law 42-75.2-2, is as follows: The general assembly declares that the state of Rhode Island has a responsibility for expanding the public experience of art, and, it recognizes the necessity of fostering the arts and in developing artists and craftspersons. Art creates a more humane environment: one of distinction, enjoyment, and pride for all citizens. The general assembly recognizes that public art also is a resource which stimulates the vitality and the economy of the state's communities and which provides opportunities for artists and other skilled workers to practice their crafts. The general assembly declares it to be a matter of public policy that a portion of each capital construction appropriation be allocated for the acquisition of works of art to be placed in public places constructed.
Another view of my paintings installed

The exhibit is open to the public and on view through mid-May at Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02904

Off the Coast

I like to try new things and I’m a voracious reader. Both were fulfilled (at least temporarily) when I received my review copy of Off the Coast. I’m pleased to have my painting Blue Koi featured on the back cover of Off the Coast, Maine’s International Poetry Journal. Check out Off the Coast’s Facebook page too.

Blue Koi, Pastel, 12x24
Blue Koi, Pastel, 12×24

Stable Gallery show opens!

Please stop by and see my latest exhibit at the historic Stable Gallery in Ridgewood, NJ. Connie Fiedler Bandstra and I collaborated on this show. Connie works in oil and she has absolutely lovely paintings of the Hudson Valley area, coastal NJ, and Italy. Connie’s paintings nicely compliment my coastal and inland landscapes.

The Stable Gallery, 259 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Closing reception: Saturday September 27, 5-7pm.

Here are a few snapshots from the installation.

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Recreating the light

In a perfect world, I would paint outside and would only work in my studio when it was cold or rainy. Sadly, I do most of my painting in the studio early in the morning when most sane people are still sleeping. Since I use photo references extensively, I have to make sure I capture the light. When my photo reference doesn’t have enough information, I’m sometimes forced to recreate the scene.

Here’s a “shack” that I constructed out of a shoe box (thank you Zappos!). I played with the light to get the effect I wanted. Note my assistant, Scoot, in the background of the second shot.

You can see the finished painting below.

Dune shack study
Dune shack study
Dune shack study with assistant.
Dune shack study with my assistant.
Dune shack, Pastel, 16 x 12
Dune shack, Pastel, 20 x 16